In all the debate about a 'new' health system we haven't heard a peep out of the economics industry. They've gone to ground.
We haven't heard a word from the Productivity Commission. They're not allowed to delve into the machinations of the medical industry or analyse the effectiveness of the protection this industry gets from Australian Governments. It's a no go zone.
A couple of heads have appeared over the parapet, one of them being John Deeble, architect of the Medicare system. What a dreadful edifice that turned out to be. To create a system where the medical and welfare systems were inextricably linked lacked a supreme amount of foresight. In terms of money wasted, Medicare will go down in history as the most wasteful and counterproductive government program ever run.
A program designed to provide poor people with free access to med cal treatment became a program designed to provide all people with free access to medical treatment. Millions of snouts went into the medical trough. Doctors incomes soared. It became a right, not a privilege.
On top of that, it just so happened that Medicare coincided with an exponential decrease in health, fitness and wellbeing.
Hospitals became full to over flowing.
The Rod Laver Government is now hell bent on devising a way to prop the system up by throwing more money at it. Nothing, however will stop the flood of people wanting to go to hospital.
The financial arrangements between the Commonwealth and the states will be tipped on their head as the Commonwealth takes GST money from the states, gives it back to run hospitals and says it's now contributing more to medical funding.
It's a legerdemain, a hoax, a swifty.
If Rudd gets away with it he'll be able to get away with anything.
On the track
Morning walk, shuffle and jog.
In the meantime well may we say God save the ego of the Prime Minister because nothing will save the hospital system.